"Evita," the pop opera that tells the epic story of the rise and fall of Eva Peron, wife of Argentine dictator Juan Peron, stops at the Mechanic Theatre, 25 Hopkins Plaza, Tuesday through Jan. 24, during its 20th anniversary pre-Broadway tour. This tale of glamour, power and greed features new set and costume designs. Show times through Jan. 17 are 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday; starting Jan. 19, times are 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $50-$70. Call 410-752-1200.
Beethoven concerts and a King tribute
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's celebration of Beethoven continues when conductor George Pehlivanian leads the orchestra today through Saturday in a program that includes the Violin Concerto, featuring violinist Elmar Oliveira. Concerts start at 8 p.m. in Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets are $21-$55.
Return to the Meyerhoff at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday for a tribute to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The musical celebration, "Let Freedom Ring," features the BSO and the With One Voice Ecumenical Choir. Tickets are $5, free for ages 6-12. Call 410-783-8000.
Little Shop of Horrors'
The Jewish Community Center's new Teen Theatre Project presents its inaugural production, the musical comedy "Little Shop of Horrors," at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. The company consists of 24 Baltimore-area teens. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased in advance or at the door. Call 410-356-5200, Ext. 328.
August Wilson's 'Jitney'
Witness African-American life during urban renewal in the late 1970s when Center Stage presents Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson's play "Jitney," in collaboration with Boston's Huntington Theatre Company, tomorrow through Feb. 14 in the Pearlstone Theater, 700 N. Calvert St. Previews are 8 p.m. tomorrow-Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday and 8 p.m. Tuesday. The play officially opens at 8 p.m. Wednesday; shows will be at 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday and 1 p.m. Jan. 27. Tickets are $12-$47. Call 410-332-0033.
AROUND THE HARBOR
Freedom in the stars
For an examination of the role the North Star and night sky played during times of slavery and the quest for emancipation, view "Follow the Drinking Gourd" in the Davis Planetarium at the Maryland Science Center. Beginning Saturday and running through Feb. 28, the chronicle of the history, struggles and triumph of slaves on the road to freedom is narrated by Andre Braugher and his wife, Ami Brabson. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. The program is included in the regular admission price of $9.75, $8 seniors and ages 13-18, $7 ages 4-12. Call 410-685-2370.
Art with a beat
See "Globe Poster: Seventy Years of Street Smart Art" Tuesday through Feb. 21 at Halcyon Gallery at Margaret's Cafe, 909 Fell St. in Fells Point. The Day-Glo-colored, oversized silk-screened posters with wild, eye-catching compositions in a variety of typefaces make up a retrospective of the work created by Joseph Cicero Sr. and his sons Frank, Bobby and Joey in their South Baltimore factory. They are nationally renowned for their rock-concert posters. The exhibition opens with a reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Regular gallery hours are 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Call 410-276-1651.
Join celebrity guests Debbie Allen and Earl Woods, Tiger Woods' father (pictured), Saturday for an evening of heart-healthy gourmet dining created by area restaurants and caterers. There will also be consumer education and entertainment by Stevie V and the Heart Attackers, a band of cardiologists, a cardiac surgeon and other health professionals. "Heartfest '99" starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at Martin's West, Beltway and Security Boulevard. Proceeds benefit the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease. Tickets are $60. Call 410-561-1973.
Home run experts David Vincent and Bill Jenkinson analyze baseball's ultimate weapon at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Babe Ruth Museum, 216 Emory St. Babe Ruth, Roger Maris, Mark Mc-Gwire, Sammy Sosa and the Orioles' newest hitter, Albert Belle, are the topic of discussion during "It's Outta Here - The Power of the Home Run." The family program is free with regular museum admission: $6, $4 seniors, $3 ages 5-16, free for kids under 5. Call 410-727-1539.